Are you one of those people who can admit when they make a mistake? Some people simply can’t do that. They will make excuses and say things, all in an effort to avoid having to take responsibility for the mistake that they did make. Some mistakes are costlier than others, of course, and so you should do whatever you can to avoid them. One of the mistakes that too many homeowners make is in the replacement windows they choose.
There are several mistakes that you can make when it comes to replacement windows for your Sonoma home. However, there is one mistake that stands head and shoulders above all others, that is so simple and easy to avoid, but that will impact the entire process of getting replacement windows that it could cost you thousands of dollars in the long run.
What mistake could this possible be? Before we reveal that to you, let’s take a moment and talk about some other common home improvement projects, like remodeling the kitchen, renovating the bathroom, or redoing the roof.
These are major home improvement projects that will cost thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars each. A new roof, on average, is going to cost about $10,000. A new kitchen would cost anywhere between $25,000 and $60,000 and even more than that, depending on the home and the homeowner’s budget. A new bathroom, at the low end, would cost at least $5,000 and can go up to $20,000 and more.
Those are significant expenses, but they are all tied to the same thing: home improvement. Homeowners know that when the work is done (as long as it’s done right), their home is going to be worth more than it was before the work began.
That’s why it’s in investment. They are investing that money into improving the condition and quality of their home. They are anticipating that the value of their home is going to increase as a result of this home improvement project.
So they are much more willing to spend the kind of money that some of these home improvement projects cost. You see, they are not thinking about them as expenses. They don’t see this money as being spent in the same way that you might have to replace the furnace or central air conditioning system.
And that is a major consideration as we talk about replacement windows.
What do kitchen remodels, bathroom renovations, and roof replacement have to do with replacement windows?
You might be thinking that they having nothing to do with one another, but in reality, they have everything to do with one another. In truth, when you are considering replacing the windows in your home, what is the first thing that you think about?
If you’re honest and you’re like most homeowners throughout Sonoma, you’re going to admit that you think (or thought) about price first.
You see, when you’re looking at the condition of your old windows, when you realize that those windows are just not in great shape, that they are looking pitted, stained, and corroded, you’re looking at money being sucked out of your bank account.
You don’t think about that when you’re considering renovating the kitchen, do you? No. You’re thinking about a home improvement project. Financial institutions offer these special low interest loans to homeowners who have equity in their home so that they can invest in improving the condition of the home. Why? Because then the home’s value is increased.
It’s the same when it comes to replacement windows. When you install the right windows, windows of high quality, in your home, then you are improving the appraised value of your home. Not only are you improving that appraised value of your home, but you’re also improving the appeal of the home.
It doesn’t matter if you’re thinking about selling your home any time soon, or if you plan on being in it for the next thirty or forty years. New windows to replace old, worn out, and outdated ones is one of the major home improvement projects that will actually help to boost its value.
Painting the bedrooms isn’t going to do that. Adding an entertainment center or a man cave isn’t going to do it. Improving the patio and outdoor living space isn’t going to do that. But replacing the windows in your home can have a direct impact on the value of your home.
Not only that, but it could also save you a lot of money on heating and cooling expenses all year long. You could actually save a hundred dollars or more every single month on utility bills when you have energy efficient windows. More heat during the winter and cool air during the summer is lost through your windows and doors than through any other part of your home. So those replacement windows could actually save you money in the long run for your home.
Now, that mistake that so many homeowners make when they begin shopping for replacement windows for their home has to do with the view about them. If you think about it as an expense, rather than an investment, then you’re going to be shopping for new windows that are the cheapest that you can find.
And you’ll find plenty. Just head down to your local home improvement mega store that looks like a giant warehouse and you’ll find plenty of cheap windows. The problem is that they are cheap. They’re not high quality and you won’t benefit from an increased value on your home when you choose them.
If you want to treat this home improvement project as the investment that it is, then shop for the higher quality windows that may cost more, but they deliver so much more in terms of function, style, comfort, and durability. You’ll find these kinds of replacement windows at smaller, independent window companies, like American Window Systems, Inc.
Contact American Window Systems, Inc. to see just what you can get, and how your money can actually work for you, when you’re considering replacement windows for your Sonoma home.